Friday, July 18, 2014

Warning! Don't Miss Out on the Liberty Wool Print 20% Off Sale

Warning!  Don't Miss Out!
Another blog about Liberty Wool Print's new yarn colors for the month?  Nope.  No new colors this month.  This blog is a warning.  A warning that our long-running Liberty Wool Print 20% off sale will end on July 31st!  Oh, no!

Liberty Wool Print is Classic Elite's soft, worsted weight machine washable 100% wool yarn.  Yup, that's right, I said machine washable wool.  It is a self striping yarn in a huge assortment of awesome colors.

From January through June Classic Elite Yarns has been introducing two new colors of Liberty Wool Print yarn each month.  Those new colors have been added to our website and we now have 40+ different colors online and on sale at 20% off

Out of the 40+ colors, here are some of our favorites:
    Rosy Delight
  • Chintz is as bold and beautiful as an Indian flower, with green, blue, red and purple balanced with a bit of gray.  
  • Verdant Violet is just as the name suggests: green and purple.  The colors mingle gently into a calming, leafy, outdoorsey blend.
  • Smokey Bonfire is a smidge of orange smoldering into purple, brown, gray and blue in a warm, autumn blend.
  • Rosy Delight is a cheerful blend of pink, purple, gray, red and orange that can't help but brighten your day and make you smile.
  • Teal Chameleon is a bold blend of green, purple, yellow and blue - you certainly won't fade like a chameleon with this color!
  • Magenta Masterpiece is an exciting array of magenta, purple and red balanced with the more subdued blue, gray and brown. 
  • Meteor is a flash of blue brilliance followed by a colorful tail of pink, orange, yellow and green.
  • Rodeo combines earthy browns together with the flashy reds, purples, blues and greens of the cowboys' vibrant star-spangled costumes.
  • Sunset Frost combines the orange and yellow of a sunset with the blue, purple, gray and green of a morning frost into a relaxing, soothing color.
Do you like free patterns?  Of course, who doesn't?!  For a limited time only, get a free pattern with any purchase of the new 2014 Liberty Wool Print colors!

Vest or Hat with Meteor or Magenta Masterpiece
Yarn at a discount and a free pattern?  It doesn't get any better than that!

 . . . But on August 1st the dream will end, the carriage will turn back into a pumpkin, and all Liberty Wool Print yarns will go back to their original selling price.  Don't kick yourself later - get yours now!

Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Crossbones Cowl KAL - And the Yarn is 20% Off!

Crossbones Style Cowl
It's always fun to knit with a friend.  It's even better to knit with a new friend!  With that in mind . . . meet Steve May!

Last year, Skacel sponsored the first season of “The Fiber Factor,” where independent knitwear designers competed for world fame. This year, the favorite and most knittable designs are being featured in a series of Knit-Alongs, hosted by these now famous “Knitterati.”

In August, Steve May will be leading a Knit-Along featuring his popular design, the “Crossbones Style Cowl” which is available for Free!  The cowl is knit in the round, featuring twelve sections of different knit and purl checkerboard patterns.  This is not a monotonous, dull pattern - the variety will keep your knitting interesting and fun!

So who is Steve May Someone with decades of knitting experience under his belt?  Not hardly.  He learned how to knit about one year ago.  An artist who likes art in all forms, he was introduced to knitting when he worked with Steven West on the "Places Where You Can Knit" videos.  Surrounded by knitters who never stopped knitting, he took up a pair of needles and the rest, as they say, is history.  You can learn more about Steve May in his video introduction.

More about the cowl?  The gauge of the cowl is approximately 4.5 st/inch (18 sts/4 inches) in garter stitch, in one size.  The suggested yarns are HiKoo's Kenzie or HiKoo's Simplicity.  Which do you prefer?  That's up to you - because both are on sale at 20% off!  The sample is shown knit in Kenzie in the natural "Pavlova" color (and yes, that cute model is Steve May himself!).

Every Monday in August, a video with Steve will explain what should be tackled that week while giving you hints and tips on knitting his unique design.  The KAL starts Monday August 4th at 8:00 AM Eastern time (View KAL videos here). But you don't have to get up at 8:00 AM - watch it when it is convenient for you!  Steve will also be actively answering questions about his pattern and cheering you on in “The Fiber Factor” forum on Ravelry.

There is no registration or cost, simply download the free pattern, get your supplies and check out Steve’s video starting on August 4th at 8:00 am Eastern time. Don't hesitate to call us if we can help with your yarn, needle or notion selections ... a great way to get a jump on your holiday projects!

Here is what you will need: 
Crossbones Style Cowl in Kenzie Color #1000 - Pavlova
Need more incentive? You will also have the chance to win great prizes generously furnished by Skacel Collection. Skacel will be randomly selecting three lucky winners who post pictures and information about their finished projects on Ravelry. The project must be started in August and finished within two weeks of the posting of the final instructions/video. Winners will be announced on Skacel’s “” and on Ravelry.

Enjoy knitting with your new friend Steve!

Happy Knitting . . . Amy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrate the 4th of July with Starry Patriotic Colors

The Second Continental Congress adopted its declaration of freedom on July 2, 1776, and adopted the Declaration of Independence two days later, on July 4th.  In a letter to his wife on July 3rd, founding father John Adams said of the event: 
John Adams
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
(So what the heck is a "Shew"?  It is an old fashioned spelling for "Show."  He is referring to plays, skits and musical concerts.)

John Adams also said:  
And what better way to celebrate than with Dream in Color's Starry yarn - it sparkles!

Ok, so he didn't really say that.  But perhaps he would have, if Starry had been around in 1776!

4th of July Red
So what is Starry?  Starry is Dream in Color's superwash merino wool yarn with just a sliver of silver Lurex filament spun into it.  The silver adds a touch of shimmer and glamour.  The superfine yarn will make your shawlette shimmer like an angel's wings and add twinkle to your toes in a pair of socks.

As if that's not enough of a reason to set off fireworks, you'll love the patriotic color names of the festive limited edition yarn:

4th of July Red, White & Blue
Not what you're looking for?  Not to worry.  We're highlighting the limited edition patriotic colors this week, but the shimmery Starry shines in 35 different colors to compliment any project in need of a bit of pizazz!

4th of July Blue
It's like a party on your needles!  Come on in to let us help you pick out a patriotic project to knit with Starry yarn.  Remember, we are open our regular hours on the 4th of July - there will still be plenty of time to have a picnic and watch the fireworks after we close at 5 pm - and our website is always available 24/7.

Happy 4th of July, and Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

HiKoo for You (At 20% Off!)

Skacel's HiKoo line of high quality yarn always makes me think "Haiku, a style of traditional Japanese poems.  But I've discovered that I'm a terrible haiku writer - so how about a simple rhyming poem!
Simplicity Yarn

     There once was a man from Nantucket . . .

No, no!  Not that one!  Here's another one:

     Simplicity Crimson is red,
     CoBaSi Indigo is blue,
     Tiara is sparkly and Rylie has linen
     Knit faux fur with fun Caribou!

So why the bad poetry?  This is our pathetic way of letting you know that all HiKoo yarn is on sale at 20% off through the end of July.  That's right, all HiKoo yarn is on sale!

Are you doing the July KAL?  It starts on July 3rd, but you can join in at any time.  The mystery hat requires two colors of HiKoo's Simplicity yarn - and yes, Simplicity is included in our 20% off sale!  Simplicity is always a popular yarn, a good all-around workhorse yarn, but even more so now that it's the choice for the KAL. Choose from over 50 great colors!

Zumie Yarn
Do you like zombies?  Oh, wait, HiKoo's newest yarn is called "Zumie," not "Zombie."  But won't you look terrific running for your life during the zombie apocalypse while wearing a hat or cowl knit from HiKoo's Zumie!  Zumie is a one ply super chunky soft wool blend in over 20 bold colors.  A fun, bulky yarn that will zoom off your needles - great for fast summer knitting! (or running from zombies!).

I promise, no more poems . . .

Happy Knitting! . . . . Amy

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Colors from Liberty Wool Print - But the Sale Ends Soon!

The Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell was cast in 1752, and its early years were rather droll as it was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings.  Its most famous ringing came on July 8, 1776, when it was rung to announce the reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Since then it has become an iconic symbol of American Liberty.

So it seems appropriate to pay tribute to the Liberty Bell as we announce the new colors of Classic Elite's Liberty Wool Print.

Liberty Wool Print is Classic Elite's soft, worsted weight machine washable 100% wool yarn.  Yup, that's right, I said machine washable wool.  It is a self striping yarn in a huge assortment of awesome colors, and Chintz and Verdant Violet are the two newest colors in a collection of about 40 different colors of Liberty Wool Print.  

The word Chintz originally referred to a woodblock printed fabric produced in India from 1600 to 1800 with flowers in bold colors on a light background.  The technique was difficult, and the fabric was expensive and rare.  By the 19th century Europeans were able to reproduce Chintz, the fabric became extremely popular and the word chintz was used to describe any item with a bright floral design on a light background.  Liberty Wool Print's new color Chintz is as bold and beautiful as an Indian flower, with green, blue, red and purple balanced with a bit of gray. 

Verdant Violet
Looking for something more subdued?  Verdant Violet is just as the name suggests: green and purple.  The colors mingle gently into a calming, leafy, outdoorsey blend.

So what should you knit with these two great new colors?  Classic Elite has designed two patterns with these two new colors in mind!  The Chintz Short-Row Wrap is a scalloped edge wrap with pretty yarn-overs.  The Instant-Gratification Cowl is knit with three strands of Liberty Wool Print on big needles for a quick knit that lets the colors take center stage.

(1) Chintz Wrap and (2) Instant Gratification Cowl
Bonus:  Buy any quantity of Chintz or Verdant Violet and you can choose one pattern for FREE!

Double BonusALL Liberty Wool Print - not just the two new colors, but ALL Liberty Wool Print - are on sale at 20% off.  But the sale ends on July 31st, so be sure to get your new yarn now!

Happy 4th of July, and Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Nicoletta Vest in Tempo Yarn - Plus a FREE Pattern!

The Nicoletta Vest
Want to knit a wide scarf in the summertime?  That's crazy!  But what if the scarf was actually the start of a sharp summer cotton vest?  Now that's cool! 

The Nicoletta Vest starts with a wide scarf, then stitches are picked up and knit down to create the back.  To add to the fun, the scarf and the back are knit in different colors.  The end result features a high-low hem, so the front is playful and flirtatious while the short back is a cool, breathable body.

The Nicoletta Vest is knit in Filatua di Crosa's Tempo, a cotton blend that combines a thick-thin yarn with a nubby tweed and multicolored print for a unique textured look with gradually shifting color.  We have Tempo in twelve different colors.  The Nicoletta Vest sample is knit with Mountain Meadow and Golden Sunrise, but the twelve slightly-rustic colors are all so interesting any two colors would look great together!

Tempo in Mountain Meadow
The Nicoletta Vest is part of the Filatura Di Crosa pattern booklet "Ciao Bella."  You can purchase the entire 22-page booklet or just the individual Nicoletta Vest pattern.  The pattern is sized Small (Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X), you will need 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) balls of Tempo color A and 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6) balls of Tempo color B.

Looking for a faster project with the same great Tempo yarn?  The Cap-Sleeve Cropped Cardigan in Tempo is a quick summer knit that looks super on the beach or stunning out on the town.  You will need 4-6 balls of Tempo to complete the Cap-Sleeve Cropped Cardigan (X-Small - 4 balls; Small-Medium - 5 balls; Large-2X - 6 balls).  The sample is knit in the summery orange, red and black Northern Lights

Cap-Sleeve Cropped Cardi in Northern Lights
Bonus:  The Cap-Sleeve Cropped Cardigan pattern is FREE when you purchase any quantity of Tempo yarn!  

Summer is a great time for breezy, cotton summer sweaters and vests - and you can't go wrong with either the Nicoletta Vest or the FREE Cap-Sleeve Cropped Cardigan patterns!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, June 13, 2014

Join the July KAL! And Save 20% on the Simplicity Yarn!

Start off your Fourth of July with a Bang!  A knitting bang, of course!  Summer is a great time for a small project - the kind that can easily be stashed in your purse or beach bag, and isn't hot on your lap while you're working.  I'm thinking . . .  a hat!

Great minds think alike because Michelle Hunter has invited us to knit a hat along with her during the July KAL (Knit-A-Long).  

So what will the hat look like?  We don't know!  That's the fun part of a "mystery" knit-a-long.  We know that it's a two-color hat that is an adaption of one of Michelle's most popular patterns.  She is teasing us by letting us know that it is "brimming" with new techniques.  A brimmed hat, perhaps?  Hmmm.  

So who will you knit the hat for?  Yourself?  A friend?  A child?  A new baby?  It doesn't matter, because the KAL pattern is sized for baby, child and adult - so you can knit it with anyone in mind!

Simplicity in Bubble Gum (#21)
Never done a KAL?  It's easy ... Michelle will reveal the pattern on her website in four segments, every Thursday in July starting on July 3rd.  How much does it cost?  Nothing!  You don't have to register or pay any fee to participate. You may even win some cool prizes from SkacelHave a question?  No problem, Michelle posts photos and online video instructions, plus you can post questions on Michelle's KAL site or in her Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily.  It's like having a knitting tutor right by your side!

What do you need?  We've got that covered.  You'll need Simplicity yarn by HiKoo, a washable, light weight wool blend available in over 50 colors.  So which colors to choose?  Now that's the hard part!  Michelle suggests two colors with a nice contrast.  How about your favorite team colors?  (Sean's favorite colors are Forestry Green #50 and Honeycomb Yellow #5 for Green Bay ... just kidding, he's a big Chicago fan).  Or knit the Baby size in Blooming Rose Pink #22 and Bluebell Blue #24.  Or Really Red #47 and Forestry Green #50 for a Christmas surprise.  

Simplicity in Chocolate Milk (#20)
You'll need one skein of Simplicity in each color for the Baby size, and two skeins of the main color and one skein of the contrasting color for the Child or Adult size.

Bonus:  Right now all Simplicity yarn is on sale at 20% off!

You'll also need three sets of needles: US#4 (3.5 mm) straights or circulars and US#8 (5mm) 16" circulars for the pattern, plus US#8 (5mm) double points or 32" circulars (for the Magic Loop method) for the top of the hat.  The gauge with the US#4 needles is approximately 10 stitches per inch (40 sts/4”) in k1, p1 rib, unstretched. As always, adjust the needle size you need to achieve gauge ... remember to block your gauge swatch before measuring!

You'll also need a cable needle and a 3/4" button. 
Don't hesitate to call us if we can help with your yarn, needles or notion selections!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's new hats!  Send me pictures or post them in our Ravelry group!

Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy